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Finish at the 50 – Race Recap

The Finish at the 50 10k was last week (on the 3rd of July). It was a nice race but the weather was terrible. I was totally a back-of-the-pack runner but it was my first ever 10k. I’m a bit torn between feeling like “that was pathetic!” (grumpy and frowning) and “I have so much room for improvement!” (optimistic and looking forward to future [yet to be chosen] races).

The race was at 6 pm in the evening. I think all 6000 of the runners were hoping that the temps were going to drop a little by then. While it was in the high 80s during the day, weather.com was claiming the temp would drop to the mid 70s. I’m pretty sure it didn’t and it was probably mid 80s by the time of the race. Plus, the humidity was supposed to drop to about 50% by the start of the race (which is pretty low for New England), but I think it remained around 80%.

It was BRUTAL! In addition, the time leading up to the start of the race was totally stressful; my wonderful boyfriend and I were trying to find my mother (so T and my mom could watch the race together), but she kept getting lost and stuck in the stadium. I guess they actually found one another right before the race started, but I never saw them together. I gave up on the search and just joined the lined up runners. T and my mom watched me cross the starting line, but I never saw them.

I never got my picture with Jerod Mayo, I’m going to assume I was too slow and he had already left. 😦 But I did get to see him as I crossed the starting line! At 6’1”, he was a lot shorter than I imagined. I don’t know why, but I always think of football players as 7 foot tall Titans. I was still super excited to see him though and I’m glad he donated his time to this.

Breakdown of my thoughts and missteps during the run:

  • My shoelace came untied in the first 1/5 of a mile, so lame!
  • I wish large groups of walkers wouldn’t seed themselves at an 8 minute pace, it’s a pain to run around them in the beginning of the race!
  • There was no 1 mile marker, but I started to walk somewhere between where I think the mile marker would have been and the actual 2 mile mark. I took a total of about 20 steps. That’s right, it was so hot I couldn’t even run 2 whole miles! Although by my second walked step, my thoughts revolved around how I thought I was going to pass out… and in reaction to that thought, I started running again… not even close to a sane thought, I know.
  • I walked through all of the water stops (about every mile), but ran the rest of the time.
  • After my cup of water at the 3rd mile, I thought about turning around and getting a second cup because I still felt dehydrated. I didn’t though, the thought of turning around was too weird during a race.
  • That led me to drink 2 cups of water at the 4 mile water station. That was stupid, I immediately felt like I was going to ralph on the sidewalk (luckily, I didn’t).
  • Some really awesome people created their own water station outside of their house. Unfortunately, it was like 5 houses away from the official 4 mile water stop, so not a ton of people went to them. However, that doesn’t take away from their awesomeness!
  • At about mile 4.25, some really awesome people were hosting something resembling a block party to watch all the runners, they also had their garden hoses hooked up with some sprayers and they were spraying water in a nice arc that covered half the street. We runners could decide to run on the “raining” side of the street or the dry side. I chose the wet side and got nicely misted. I seriously wanted to kiss those people! It instantly cooled me down and the rest of the run was much more pleasant.
  • I have decided that any spectator who accurately yells “less than a mile to go” is wonderful! I love that person every time!
  • A woman in front of me heard the cheer above and got so excited about it that she almost ran into a yield sign. The comedy was enjoyed by all (and she didn’t actually hit the sign, so all was good).
  • I got a side stitch with .25 miles to go (just I was running back into the stadium parking lot) I’ve never gotten a cramp while running before (that I can remember).
  • The end of the race involved running through the stadium’s underbelly (where the players do!), through the chute, through the inflated football helmet, and onto the field. I ran through the underbelly with a man who did a really great announcer impersonation. I learned this when he turned to his adult daughter (or very young girlfriend, I’m guessing daughter) and proclaimed “Announcing the New England Patriots.” First, he sounded spot on. Second, it was so cool that someone else was thinking that! That would totally be on the speakers if we were the real players, we were in the right spot. It totally brought a smile to my face. So thank you, mystery guy!
  • 60 yards before the finish line, I got to high-five my director of marketing (he also ran the race and was waiting for his daughter to finish)! This is the  first time I’ve ever seen someone I knew during a race! (besides my super awesome support team comprised of my boyfriend and parents)
  • This was the second race where I charged (sprinted to) the finish line! I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been holding back on the run or if the fartlek work is paying off, but it felt great!
  • Also, I wore the same shirt for this, my first 10k, that I wore for my first 5k. I don’t know why, but that thought makes me happy.
  • My race playlist was perfectly timed. The song that comes over the speakers after a touchdown (“This is Our House” by Bon Jovi) came on just as I was running onto the field!

All in all, my sweaty/overheated/pathetic effort is reflected in the numbers:

Place: 2713/2992 (Gross!) 
Division: 565/629
Gun time: 1:22:34
Net time: 1:15:07 (yep, it took over 7 minutes to get to the starting line – the 10k and 5k runners all started at the same place and time)
Pace: 12:06

There were no timers on the course (which I thought was a bummer considering how large this race was) and I don’t wear a watch, so I don’t know if my pace was better in the beginning and I petered out or if I was this slow the whole time.

Even with the heat and my poor performance, I still loved the race itself. It was a fun idea and a great location. Now I need to work on getting stronger and faster so that my next 10k will be better (and I won’t be in the back of the pack!)

I don’t have a lot of pictures because they wouldn’t let spectators on the field.

 

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Running Disaster, Crosstraining Convert!

I am a running disaster… seriously, I have hurt myself TWICE with my ipod! Lame! The first time was a few months ago, before the Run to Home Base, where I scraped my hip like crazy just on my ipod case! So my mother bought me a new case that was more running friendly. What did I do? I managed to get an inch long scratch on the soft patch on my upper arm from the velcro! That’s right, I didn’t line the velcro pieces up well so it scratched my arm for about 6 miles. The end result – an inch long (but luckily very shallow) slice on the tender part of my arm.

If that’s not pathetic, I don’t know what is!

That happened on Wednesday night, last week. I was planning to go running again on Thursday but between my lameness and the demotivating heat, I called it a night and melted into my couch. But I wouldn’t let myself get away with completely skipping the workout. I decided that on Friday, I would use the stairmaster at work. I would have run on the treadmill at work, but during lunch breaks it always makes me feel like I’m being weak. If I run on my lunch break, I can really only get in about 35 minutes of working out between time wasted getting into my gym clothes, and then stretching, showering, changing, and getting back to work. I can really only get in about a 1/4 mile warm up, about a 2 mile run, and a 1/4 mile cool down. I feel like I’m leaving so much still in the tank. So why not cross train instead?

I went down to the gym to use the stairmaster… funny thing about that though… the gym in my office building doesn’t have a stairmaster. Wow! Clearly, I have never paid attention to what anything in there is besides the treadmills! Oops! So I used the elliptical instead. I have only been on an elliptical once before, at the gym-I-actually-pay-for-but-never-go-to. That gym is one of those giant warehouse gyms with hundreds of people at any given time (think Planet Fitness… but I think mine is just a more local version with only a few locations). So, if one doesn’t know how to use a particular machine, there are a ton of witnesses to one’s mishaps. And I know that “no one is judging your workout and even if they are, who really cares?!” But I don’t like to look awkward and confused in front of so many attractive people.

Side note, why was everyone on the elliptical at my real gym always looking flawless (full makeup, hair down and styled, matching velour sweatsuit) and never breaking a sweat!? Seriously? Annoying! Meanwhile, the people on the treadmills were always more normal: a variety of weights from thin to overweight and moving at a full range of speeds. And even the thin walkers were sweating a storm! Ok… rant over… but that’s why it was easier to feel at home with the runners.

While I tried that elliptical, I used it on “manual” and it wouldn’t register my movement on the screen unless I was sprinting, there didn’t seem to be a walking-equivalent, and I never went back to one of those machines.

Until last week… at my office gym where I was literally the only person in the entire room. No one could judge and I could figure it out without any pressure. Since I failed on that other machine with “manual,” I figured I would try the “cardio” setting at the office gym. It was great! Honestly, I wasn’t awesome at the rhythm of the machine and I was either stubbing my toe on the front of the foot holder or falling off the back, but I had a nice time and my quads were so feeling it! I’m really going to try to do that at least once a week.

And it left me feeling worn out but with enough time to also use the upper body machine. My arm muscles were on fire the next day, which is a feeling I totally love.

So maybe that stupid velcro scratch did me some good after all.

And now I’m off to run the Finish on the 50 10k! And after completing the 10k (which I will hopefully rock, aka run the entire time even if I’m lamely slow)  and running on the field at Patriot’s Stadium, they have picture opps with Jerod Mayo! Would I prefer to take a picture with the awesome linebacker while I’m done up and looking nice and he’s sweaty from running on the field, instead of the other way around, heck yes! But I’ll take what I can get and I AM super excited!

Oh! And one more thing to be excited about? They have an “Inspiration Station” to entertain the non-runners where they can make signs for their loved ones! I hope I (aka my wonderful boyfriend or mother with their cameras) can find some good ones for Jill’s Best Race Signs!

This Weather is Demotivating!

It has been too long since I last posted! And I really need to update you all on everything… unfortunately, it’s been the kind of weather that just makes me want to melt into a puddle on the floor. I live near Boston and it has been in the high 90s the last 3 days with about 80% humidity. If you’re from the south or maybe even the midwest, you’re probably thinking “…and?” And you’re right, you probably live this every day. It reminds me of a few winters ago, Florida had temps of like 30 degrees and I was thinking “so?” but that’s when I realized, they have high schools that involve court yards and crossing from one building to another… and can’t avoid the weather by just hanging out in one, nicely connected building. They don’t have all the winter gear that fills my house. 30° is cold to them! And 98° feels like death for me because we’re not equipped!

My blood is too thick, we don’t have built-in shady spots, parking garages are rare, etc. When I drove past the bus stop this morning, an older woman literally looked like she was about to faint! Ugh, it’s bad. It’s the kind of weather where we all vaguely smell of asparagus (even if we showered right before we left the house). But it’s supposed to be glorious again (in the mid-high 70s) next week so I’ll stop my belly aching!

Even though it’s been hot, I’ve been visiting the gym in my office building (it’s not a reason to delay walking to my hot car at the end of the night… no….). I’ve run 16.5 miles so far this week (and I even lifted weights for 45 minutes!). Which isn’t much for some, but it’s good for me lately.

What’s really motivating me to hit the gym? I remembered that I have a 10k in two weeks and I haven’t trained hard enough! Time to kick it up!

I promise, next week, to update you on the Haircut! (which I did do! Over 12 inches cut off!) And the Relay for Life that T and I did together last Friday. This weekend we’re going white water rafting!

Yay adventure!

I’m pretty sure I originally found this at http://runninghaiku.wordpress.com/ (check her out, she’s very funny!)

Can’t Wait to “Finish on the 50!”

I’ve signed up for another race and I’m super, super excited about this one! As in… this is the only race I’ve ever talked about for months before even registering!

I’ve signed up for the Harvard Pilgrim “Finish on the 50” 10k! Why am I so excited about this race, you ask? Two reasons:

  1. I’m finally believing in myself enough to do a 10k. They even have a 5k option and I’m choosing to step it up to the longer distance!
  2. (and the stronger of the two reasons) It ends on the fifty yard line of Gillette Stadium in Patriot’s Place!

I feel like this, so far, is my year of sports themed races. I’ve already signed up for a race that ends at home base in Fenway Park – which I affectionately call (while bastardizing the name) the Race to Home Base. However, why is the Finish on the 50 more thrilling? Well, I live in RedSox Nation, but (and I’m sorry if I offend anyone) baseball has too many games in a season to keep my attention. But I love the Patriots! (and you can read about my antics at a Patriot’s game here)

This was taken at my first Pat's game ever. Dr. Daddy took me and I'm wearing a jersey I borrowed from my brother.Taken this year in freezing temps! Not a "fair weather fan" anymore! Under all those layers I have on my own jersey...

I am so excited to get to run on the field! So, so excited! I’m nerding out for certain!

Right, so now I need to take that excitement and turn it out with some running! I should get on training! July will be here before I know it.

with my wonderful boyfrend at a different game. I'm about to get MUCH closer to the field!

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